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Cleaning Kit

Martha Stewart Living, April 2002

For easier spring cleaning, fill a bucket with basics that need to be toted from room to room: all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays, a sponge, a toothbrush, a squeegee, a scrub brush, hopsacking, and terry-cloth towels in washcloth and hand-towel sizes. Between tasks, hang rubber gloves over the rim to dry.

Comments (26)

  • suimin 3 Mar, 2009

    We should use microfibre cloths everywhere, especially in the bathroom on the shower glass, glass is pourous so chemicals can damage it.

  • suimin 3 Mar, 2009

    I also agree with spur848 I use micro fibre cloths everywhere especially in the bathroom where glass is pourous and chemicals can damage it.

  • foodie1 3 Mar, 2009

    I agree with spur848; We should use microfiber cloths more often. I use them almost exclusively because they can be used for dusting, windows, etc. I use my bucket for hot water and a little detergent and wring the cloth out until almost dry. Windows come out streak-free and dry almost immediately. Since i use them almost dry, they are safe for wood, metal, glass, vinyl, leather and laminate surfaces. Mystic Maid is the best, but Scotch Brand puts them out as well.

  • MyIslandWedding 2 Mar, 2009

    OOOh love the idea of the rolling file!!! I've been looking for a use of my old one!

  • patwebb 2 Mar, 2009

    You're right diannam, BarKeepers Friend is a must for anyone!

  • Mfosterjeweler 2 Mar, 2009

    Great idea annjarrett!

  • annjarrett 2 Mar, 2009

    Instead of bucket, use a square rolling file with let up handle. It makes it easy to roll from room to room when cleaning and holds more. You can get these at any office supply store.

  • diannam 2 Mar, 2009

    What's missing in the bucket is Barkeeper's Friend. Cleans almost everything, inexpensive, no phosphates. Not sure how I managed before discovery of this stuff!

  • Chery 2 Mar, 2009

    Buckets are great for the deep cleaning days but, I have found for the dust and vacuum days that the new eco friendly bags are great for the dusters and cleaning supplies. Plus I can hang them on a door knob for easy access.

  • jeanwestford 14 Apr, 2008

    I have two buckets. I keep one upstairs in the linen closet and one downstairs in the laundry room closet. After enjoying a bubble bath before bad i don't have to go downstairs to get what I need to clean the but

  • jeanwestford 14 Apr, 2008

    I have two buckets. I keep one upstairs in the linen closet and one downstairs in the laundry room closet. After enjoying a bubble bath before bad i don't have to go downstairs to get what I need to clean the but

  • suzg 1 Apr, 2008

    In each bathroom I have a wire shelf under the sink with all the cleaning supplies I need in each bathroom. I use those instead of carrying a bucket with me from room to room. What I find useful for rooms other than bathrooms is a container with dust cloths, pledge, windex for the windows and paper towels.

  • rlhrlh 2 Mar, 2008

    I've started these for both bathrooms and the kitchen. I got the idea from the indispensible Homekeeping Handbook by Martha.

  • mlatorre 17 Feb, 2008

    Great idea with the notepad! I am always thinking of the next thing to do!

  • mlatorre 17 Feb, 2008

    Great idea with the notepad! I am always thinking of the next thing to do!

  • MarySuch 12 Jan, 2008

    The only other thing I have in the bucket is a pad of lined post it notes and a pen so while I'm cleaning, if I think of something for the shopping list, I just add it. Beats trying to remember at the end of cleaning

  • jodavis 10 Jan, 2008

    to me the jar says baking soda

  • workerbeee 10 Jan, 2008

    What is in the jar with the shaker lid? I can't read the label.

  • Pperfect 6 Jan, 2008

    My bucket has all the above plus:a disposal duster, packet of multi-purpose wipes, newspaper torn in 1/4's for window and mirror cleaning, and several grocery plastic bags to line the waste baskets and for trash. Gotta get a squeegee!

  • spur848 5 Jan, 2008

    I would also suggest some micro-fiber cloths that really hold dust and grime well. And a dry-cleaning sponge, too.
    I like to make sure that my drains are all cleaned each month with washing soda and boiling water. Saves for many a larger headache down the road

  • mrselkoil 5 Jan, 2008

    hopsacking hopsacking n.
    a loosely woven coarse fabric of cotton or linen, used in
    clothing
    Found that on the web. I imagine it must be used for cleaning in some capacity.

  • arevans17 4 Jan, 2008

    What is hopsacking?

  • contributorsmarthastewartcom 4 Jan, 2008

    What a great idea! I am going to make my own cleaning kit like this one tomorrow morning. It is also environment friendly with the washables cloths. Thank you Martha! I love you!

  • blroshak 4 Jan, 2008

    I tie a plastic shopping bag to the bucket to collect trash while I'm going from room to room. I also include a paper towel roll in my bucket (especially for toilets, windows and mirrors) and throw the used sheets into my plastic bag. It's a great time and step saver.

  • fox6060 4 Jan, 2008

    Instead of a bucket I have everything I need in each bathroom so if I feel like cleaning one when I am in there I don't have to trek to go get the things. Much easier for me.

  • martha64 3 Jan, 2008

    I used to clean houses and I always had a bucket with my cleaning supplies in it. It makes it so easy to go from room to room.